Survival of Rural Saskatchewan
Department: Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations
WHEREAS one of the major obstacles facing rural Saskatchewan is the cost of implementing new regulations which are brought forward under the guise of environmental protection or public safety;
WHEREAS these costly upgrades, be it water, sewer, garbage, building codes or labor regulations, are in many cases not affordable for rural communities and it is being suggested that the villages join with the local rural municipalities to access a larger taxation base;
WHEREAS many of the smaller communities are not interested in joining the local rural municipality and would prefer to work with the RM versus being part of it.
WHEREAS the additional tax base does not address the problem, which is extremely high cost projects being forced onto rural communities through changing regulations;
WHEREAS taxpayer groups or representatives are rarely at the table when the regulations are being developed;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to have a review process of environment, labour and building regulations that are directly impacting rural communities;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that representatives from SARM, SUMA and other taxpayer groups be part of the review process.